Recurring Events at Hyde Park School of Dance
Colorful costumes, beautiful choreography, kid-friendly narration, and Tchaikovsky's iconic score delight audiences within the festive confines of the historic Victorian theatre. Outside the theatre, before the curtain rises, during intermission, and after the show, audiences are treated to a bustling holiday bazaar, replete with last-minute gifts, delicious refreshments, souvenirs of the show, and character meet and greets.
But The Nutcracker isn't the only performance you'll see when you attend! Putting the "pre" in "pre-show entertainment" are the little dancers who set the stage for the fun to follow in The Nutcracker's adorable opener, the Pre-Ballet Holiday Show! Four-, five-, and six-year-olds perform original choreography to some of their favorite holiday tunes in what, for many, is their big stage debut.
For a heart-warming family-friendly holiday treat, don't miss The Nutcracker, presented by Hyde Park School of Dance!
Dancers learn their choreography for the Spring Concert in class, which means that they can take part without committing to a rehearsal schedule in addition to their regularly classes. Dancing in the Spring Concert is entirely free of cost, and students aged three to eighteen who participate in HPSD's drop-off classes are invited to participate.
The Hyde Park School of Dance Spring Concert takes place in May.
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Left: A group of funny frogs takes the stage in HPSD's 2015 Spring Concert.
Student Choreography Showcase
Pointe Variations Showcase
Children's Book Fair
Every autumn the Children's Book Fair returns to offer kids and their families an outdoor local book market featuring their favorite storybook characters, games, crafts, and children's entertainers. Company dancers from HPSD perform on the main stage at the Children's Book Fair year after year.
Dance In The Parks
The mission of Dance In The Parks, founded by one of our very own ballet instructors, Katie McCann, is to bring free, professional dance performances to Chicago's most accessible venues - its public parks! We are honored to perform with this esteemed outfit in the summertime!
Logan Center Family Saturdays
Discover your child's artistic passion with free, hands-on creative workshops at UChicago' Logan Center! HPSD is proud to take part in Logan Center Family Saturdays.
Family Visiting Week is one such event, during which parents, grandparents, friends and other special invited guests are welcomed into the studios during our regularly scheduled classes to take pictures and observe.
Dancer Dress Up Week is another. During Dancer Dress Up Week, dancers in each class are invited to wear whatever they want into the studios, be it a Halloween costume, a fancy tutu, a cool cape, a favorite dress-up outfit, or whatever beloved apparel the regular dress code does not allow. During this special fun week, dancers will work with their instructors to create original choreography inspired by their get-ups!
Free Public Performances
Every Halloween, dancers from HPSD's youth companies get down to spooky business with a series of performances. You can catch them dancing in the aisles of the UChicago Symphony Orchestra's annual themed Halloween concert (a free, family-friendly, costumed event), or marching downtown in the Chicago Cultural Mile's Halloween Gathering Parade. Many years, they orchestrate Thriller flash mobs around the neighborhood. Whichever events you attend, you'll want to make sure to make HPSD part of your family's Halloween tradition!
Presented in beautiful local venues such as the Reva and David Logan Center for The Arts, our story ballets are family-friendly affairs that sow seeds of cultural awareness in young audiences and bring our mission of strengthening youth through the arts out into the community we serve.
Participation in HPSD's story ballet is by audition. For audition dates, please subscribe to our calendar!
Right: HPSD dancer Eriko Koide as the titular character in HPSD’s 2015 production of the original story ballet The Nightingale above the Reva and David Logan Center for The Arts in Hyde Park, Chicago.